The Gospel of John is the only one to mention the apostle Nathanael, but tradition considers him to be the “Bartholomew” of the other gospels. His name means “son of Tolmai” and could have been Nathanael’s surname. Another clue to his identity lies in the fact that Bartholomew is always listed beside the name of Philip, the one who John tells us introduced Nathanael to Jesus (John 1:45-46). The Gospel reading for today’s Mass is John 1:45-51.
Prayer: Almighty Lord and Father, strengthen in us that faith with which Saint Bartholomew gave himself wholeheartedly to Christ Your Son. May Your Church become the sacrament of salvation for all the nations of the earth. We make our prayer through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Jakarta, 24 August 2015
A Christian Pilgrim